Where Fantasy Rules

mapheaderThis year marks the 39th anniversary celebration of the New York Renaissance Faire, located within the majestic groves of the Sterling Forest in Tuxedo, NY. Travel back in time and join Her Royal Majesty Queen Elizabeth I on a grand visit to an amazing 16th-century faire.

Experience the place where hundreds of brightly costumed performers take the stage and fill the streets with laughter. Stroll the faire’s quaint village as the music of the Renaissance surrounds you. Cheer your favorite knight at the joust tournament. Meet Robin Hood and his Merry Men.

New York Renaissance Faire mapSee amazing acrobatics, magicians, jugglers, swashbuckling pirates and more. Play a game of skill or chance. Browse the marketplace featuring more than 100 artisans offering the finest in handmade wares.

Some of the additions to the faire include:

• The new jousting tournament field offers better views, VIP seating and improved acoustics so visitors may better hear the thunder of hooves, the clash of steel and the battle cries of the noble knights.

• Renovated food pavilions offer a smörgåsbord of choices.

• A new stage plays host to musicians, comedians and more.

• Aaron Bonk, an entertainer with a twisted sense of humor who risks his life to make you laugh, will appear all season.

• The internationally renowned Tortuga Twins bring outrageous comedy to the faire all season.

• New artists and merchants have moved into the ever-growing marketplace.

The New York Renaissance Faire, at 600 Route 17A, is open every weekend and on Labor Day through Sunday, Oct. 2, from 10 a.m to 7 p.m. (rain or shine). It’s approximately 40 minutes from Manhattan, and just 11 miles south of the Woodbury Commons Premium Outlets.

Tickets are available at www.renfair.com/ny or at the box office. Admission is $25 for adults, $12 for children (5-12), and free for children under 5. Discounts are available for groups of 15 or more people by calling 845-351-5171. Seniors and military discounts are available at the box office on faire days.

General parking is free; preferred parking is $10 per vehicle. Round-trip bus transportation is available from Port Authority in Manhattan (www.shortlinebus.com).

Christy Hinko
Christy Hinko is a managing editor at Anton Media Group. She is a New York Press Association (NYPA) and Press Club of Long Island (PCLI) award-winning writer and photographer.

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